After years of APS-C mirrorless cameras with resolutions in the 20-something megapixel range, Fujifilm is finally stepping things up with the latest camera in its X-series line. Today at the X Summit event in New York City, Fujifilm is announcing a new high-res X-H2 camera with a 40.2-megapixel X-Trans sensor with 8K video. This pro-oriented camera looks similar to the recent X-H2S on which it’s based, matching the same processor, in-body image stabilization system, dual card slots, electronic viewfinder and more. It’s almost the same camera with a different sensor for those who value megapixels more. A high resolution counter costs about $500 less The X-H2S will ship in late September for $1,999.95 (body only).
Accompanying the announcement are two new Fujinon lenses: the $999.95 XF 56mm f/1.2 fast-aperture portrait lens and the $2,499.95 medium format GF 20–35mm f/4 ultrawide-angle zoom. The 56mm will be available in late September alongside the X-H2, but Fujifilm GFX owners will have to wait until October for the new zoom.
The new weather-sealed Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R WR replaces the older model from 2014.
The Fujinon GF 20–35mm f/4 R WR is the widest focal length in Fujifilm’s medium format line, equivalent to a full-frame 16–28mm range.
The Fujifilm X-H2 looks pretty much the same as it teased back in May. It’s the same X-H2S body with a different sensor flavor for those who prefer resolution. The X-H2’s 40.2-megapixel sensor isn’t a stacked design like the X-H2S, which means it doesn’t achieve the same burst shooting and readout speeds. For example, the X-H2 with its blackout-free electronic shutter delivers slightly cropped images at a maximum of 1.29x at 20fps. It’s half the speed of the X-H2S, which doesn’t crop, and features the X-H2’s slower sensor in stills (when using the electronic shutter) and a more pronounced rolling shutter effect in video. However, since these cameras share the same mechanical shutter, the X-H2 still achieves up to 15fps at full resolution. Oddly, one speed area where the X-H2 has the edge over the X-H2S is the electronic shutter speed of 1/180,000th of a second – although rolling shutter effects can limit the uses of that speed. Its ability to shoot blackout-free without distorting moving subjects.
The X-H2 can go further than its native 40.2 megapixels via multishot mode. It takes 20 pixel-shifted images using in-body image stabilization to create a 160-megapixel behemoth of a picture with Fujifilm’s Pixel Shift Combiner software. If that’s not enough to make your storage drives a pain, the X-H2 also supports 8K video at 29.97fps. But once again, while it reaches the higher reaches of resolution, it’s also rated for slightly lower dynamic range, lacks open gate recording, and misses out on 120fps video in 4K when compared to its X-H2S sibling.
However, low-light stills shooters may find some comfort in knowing that the X-H2 maintains the same high-ISO speed as the X-H2S (12,800 ISO, expandable to 51,200), while offering a slightly lower base ISO. 125. There are usually always sacrifices to be made for megapixels, and for a camera just under $2,000, the X-H2’s tradeoffs are at least understandable.
This two-sided camera formula of one model for speed and one model for resolution is not a new concept, as Canon, Nikon and other photo brands have been following this playbook for years. This is new for Fujifilm, which until now has only put its medium format horses in the megapixel race. As Fujifilm is one of the few brands without a full-frame system in its lineup, its APS-C line must now strive to meet the needs of consumers who want high-resolution stills, video, speed and versatility in one system. .